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Director, Individual Giving at United Way of Metro Chicago

  • 04/18/2024 9:40 AM
    Message # 13345092

    My team at United Way of Metro Chicago is growing! We are looking for a donor-centered, data-driven, and innovative fundraiser to lead our individual giving team. Please visit this link to apply and please share this opportunity with your network! 


    The Director, Individual Giving is responsible for the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual donors in collaboration with a growing team which includes the Senior Manager, Giving Societies. The Director, Individual Giving will be donor-centered, data-driven, innovative, and results oriented to meet fundraising goals and targets that lead to sustainable growth of the United Way of Metro Chicago individual giving program.


    • Activate and lead a comprehensive individual giving program that facilitates donor acquisition and retention at all giving levels through the implementation of donor strategy plans and stewardship processes that support a culture of philanthropy. (50%)
    • Manage the growing Individual Giving Team which includes the Senior Manager, Giving Societies. (20%)
    • Recruit and activate volunteers to drive a major gifts strategy as part of the individual giving program. (10%)
    • Prepare executive leadership and volunteers for interactions with current and prospective major donors including briefings, meeting agendas and any required materials. (5%)
    • Oversee key aspects of donor relations including, but not limited to accurate gift processing, timely and personalized acknowledgements and receipts, maintaining accurate donor contact information, and create all relevant reports. (10%)
    • Maintain knowledge of current industry trends, best practices, and research to enhance development practices. (5%)
    • Perform other responsibilities as assigned by the management team.


    • Bachelors in related field and/or combination of equivalent employment and education experience.
    • Minimum of five years of fundraising experience with a demonstrated ability to secure individual gifts of $10,000 and above.
    • Ability to cultivate, engage, and maintain relationships with donors and volunteers.
    • Superior and effective communication skills, both written and verbal. Comfortable presenting to large and diverse groups. 
    • Possesses a collaborative, innovative spirit and the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and manage concurrent projects and day-to-day tasks effectively within a fast-paced environment. 
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office environment and have strong donor database experience. 


    • Guided by a clear set of Core Values and Behaviors – Equity Minded, Passionate About the Work, A Good Teammate and Curious, you will join an impressive group of individuals and contribute your diverse set of experiences, skills and characteristics to the organization  
    • Accepts guidance and responds well to feedback
    • Displays maturity, good judgment, enthusiasm and personal motivation
    • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to anticipate workload and effectively cultivate and leverage relationships with colleagues to meet deadlines
    • Collaborative entrepreneurial spirit, ability to multi-task and prioritize concurrent projects and day-to-day tasks within a high production and fast-paced environment


    • Medical, Dental and Vision
    • Life and AD&D Insurance
    • Disability Leave
    • Paid Parental Leave 
    • Paid Family Leave 
    • Employee Assistance Program


    • 401k Plan 
    • Paid Time Off including Personal Time, Sick Time & Paid Holidays


    TO APPLY: Candidates must officially apply through our website with a cover letter and resume along with two writing samples that best demonstrate their recent work.


    The responsibilities listed above are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work required in the role. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. The incumbent may asked to perform other duties as assigned.

    We believe the term “diversity” incorporates all the characteristics that make us both alike and unique: our backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, lifestyles, identities, gender, points of view, approaches to solving problems, ways of working, and views of personal and career success.

    It is the intent of United Way to follow both the letter and the spirit of local, state and federal laws governing Equal Opportunity Employment as those laws exist today and as they may change in the future.

    Last modified: 04/18/2024 3:28 PM | Mary Pat Rooney

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